Jussie Smollett requests new trial, claims his rights were violated


Jussie Smollett is seeking either a new trial or a not guilty verdict after claiming his rights were violated during his December trial.  According to NBC News, the former “Empire” actor filed an 83-page document claiming that his constitutional rights were violated when the court stopped him and his legal team from actively participating in the jury selection process last year. Now, Smollett is seeking a re-trial in Chicago or a vacated conviction. Smollett’s lawyers previously announced their intention to appeal his conviction, which carries a maximum three-year prison sentence and $25,000 fine. The 39-year-old is set to be sentenced on March 10.


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